Thursday, October 28, 2010

This time last year.....

......I was entering second trimester and finally starting to show off a little baby bump! I was so excited I was exiting the, is she pregnant or just fat stage.  And now I am overly joyed to be spending my favorite Holiday with my beautiful little girl! Unfortunately Daddy is on shift Halloween, so we will probably go Trick or Treating with cousins Cody and Hayden for a little while.  I'm not expecting her to last long at this age.  Just a quick stroll around the block.  On Saturday we will be going to Countryside Shops for their annual Trick or Treating in the shops and also we will be entering Kailyn in the costume contest. *fingers crossed she wins!*  Daddy will be able to go to that with us.  And of course I wanted to show you all the rest of her picture's we had done together.  Can you believe I had her outfit made for $30!! Found this lady on ebay who makes Tutu outfits just like hers, but of course pinks and purples.  I had gotten the idea online from a boutique who wanted $70 for a witch tutu outfit similar to hers!! So I asked this lady if she could do the tutu in green, purple and black tulle and do the top black.  I sent her a pic of what I had in mind.  She wrote me back and said that would be fine and even said she had a hat she had made last year for a lady who canceled her order.  So she gave me that too!
Then I came across an outfit on Party City that looked so similar to her witch costume.  I ordered it for myself and it matched perfect.  So THEN of course Mommy just had to get our pics taken together!  I had a coupon for a really cheap deal @ JC Penny's and off we went. 
So I present to you The Abramczyk Witches of 2010! :-))

A few days ago was also Kailyn's first time in the big girl tub!! She just does NOT fit in her little tub anymore!  She did pretty good but is still a little to unstable yet.  When she starts going crazy with her toys she tends to still topple over.  So Nana gave us her tub she had.  We will use that for the next few weeks until she is a pro at sitting up all alone.
Another quick update.  Unfortunately last week was Kailyn's last week with Miss Sara and her daughter Lily (Lily is one).  My friend Sara has been watching Kailyn for us since she was 9 weeks old.  Kailyn had grown very fond of her and we are sad to see her go.  Sara will be introducing a new baby into the world very shortly so she will have her hands quite full very soon!
Kailyn also just adored her daughter Lily.  Funny story, one day before I was leaving for work I saw Lily holding Kailyn's teether.  Kailyn started opening her mouth and Lily was holding it for her to put in her mouth! So sweet.  Anyways this past Sunday we were all @ Kailyn's Great-Grandparents house for G-Grandpas B-day.  Cousin Cody grabbed Kailyn's teether and started waiving it in the air.  And what would you know, Kailyn opens her mouth leaning forward like a puppy for Cody to put it in her mouth! So funny!!  Anyways thank you again SO MUCH for everything Sara!! And best wishes to you and your "soon to be" family of four! 
 Another friend of mine referred to me the lady that watches her son.  She actually runs a daycare at her house.  Called Miss Pams Playhouse.  She has a HUGE house and a big playroom with TONS of toys for the kiddies to play with.  She is really nice and very organized and anal.  Like I am which is good. ;o)  Monday was Kailyn's first day with Miss Pam.....things did NOT go so well.  She was there a full day because Chris was on shift.  8:20-5:30pm.  She only ate 6 ounces all day!! (Kailyn is usually a very good eater)  She kept crying on and off all day. :*(  When I picked her up her little eyes were all red.  BROKE MY HEART! I think I cried more that day than I did my first day back at work!!  Miss Pam even called me at lunch to say she thought something was wrong with Kailyn.  I think she thought I dropped her off sick or something.  Could not understand why she was acting SO miserable.......until I arrived to pick her up.  Kailyn started smiling.  Then she gave me the two ounces that were still in the bottle she was trying to feed her.  And she started gulping it down! Miss Pam says, I see how it is you lil booger!!! Your fine!! She just couldn't believe this little 5 1/2 month old had her fooled into thinking something was really wrong when in reality it was just that she wanted her Mommy.  My little drama queen.  Maybe I will put her into acting! lol  Anyways the next day when I dropped her off she started to cry and push to get away from Miss Pam while she was holding her.  But Miss Pam said after an hour she started to warm up and play with the other little girl that was there that day.  When Daddy picked her up @ 2pm she was all smiles.  Daddy also took home something Kailyn had made that day.  It was art day (Miss Pam tries to do different activities with them) and Kailyn made Mommy & Daddy her first artwork!  Here is a pic Daddy sent Mommy of Kailyn's artwork that now hangs proudly on our fridge.
When I dropped her off this morning, again she started to whine a little.  Mommy gave her a kiss and told her she would be fine.  Kailyn loves other babies so I know after a few weeks she probably will want to stay and play instead of coming home!  (my friends son that goes there is like that)  I mean the lady has a toddler roller coaster!  Why would they want to come home?! lol
 Lastly thank you again to Nana, Grandpa, Great Nana A. and Great Grandpa & Grandma M for Kailyn's 1st Halloween cards and gifts (I added to her piggy bank).  She is one lucky little girl to be so loved!! 

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pumpkin Patch and another milestone

 Today we decided to take Kailyn for her 1st trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  We went in the morning to try and get pics before the big crowd.  I drove by yesterday during the day and there were cars lined up and down the whole street! We got there just before 9:30am and it was PERFECT.  Not too many people.  Kailyn was such a good girl, as she usually is in the mornings.  At first she was very serious about the whole thing (as you can see in the pics) but then she had a blast.  She kept wanting to eat the pumpkins! lol Cousins Cody and Hayden also met us at the PP.  It was hard but we actually got a couple cute pics of the three of them together.  And poor Cody had an ear infection so he was not feeling the best.  You can check out many more pics of all the kids by clicking here for Pumpkin Patch pics.

Mommy and Kailyn took some pics together for Mommy's favorite holiday, Halloween.  I haven't gotten them all back yet but here is one of them.  We are both witches and our outfits ended up matching almost perfect.  I had a coupon so I just had to go get our picture taken together! The portrait studio normally does not open until 10am but the lady was nice enough to offer to start @ 9:20am so that the pictures don't run into Kailyn's morning nap time.  Unfortunately Kailyn decided to wake up at 7am instead of her usual 8am wake up time.  So by the time we got there and started taking pics @ 9:30am she wanted nothing to do with any of it!! Not to mention she wasn't thrilled with wearing her adorable costume! ;-)  That being said, we did manage to still get a few cute pics but nothing as good as we could have gotten as Kailyn is usually a much easier baby to get to smile. 
The other big milestone is that Kailyn can now sit up all on her own!! She has been doing the "tripod" since she was 4 months.  Just a few days after she turned 5 months she started sitting straight up with no hands.  Every day she gets better and stronger.  She still can't totally sit up from laying down on her own.  But if you sit her up somewhere she can hold it very well! Some of her "big girl" toys now are so much more interesting now that she can sit up and play with them.  And it is a lot more helpful to Mommy and Daddy now that we can sit her down somewhere when we go out instead of worrying about what we will sit her in.  The other day I was outside watering the plants and I plopped her down in the grass.  She loved it!  She just sat there and watched me.  Smiling and trying to get the dogs attention so they would come over to her.  She just LOVES her doggies.  When they start playing and wresting around she laughs and laughs at them.

**You can check out more pics of Kailyn sitting up and playing in her 5 month album**

Saturday, October 9, 2010

5 month update

Height: 25 3/4 inches (76%)
Weight: 15 pounds 13 ounces (71%)
Sleep: Goes down around 7:30-8pm, wakes to nurse around 5-6am and then back to sleep until 7:30-8am
Food: Breast Milk and just trying some food! So far Bananas, Avocado, Applesauce and Peas
Teeth: Still just the bottom two

Wednesday we went to the Dr. for Kailyn's 5 month check up.  Doctor said she is doing great.  When he came in Kailyn was sitting up on the table (Mommy had her hand right next to her ;-)).  He said it was great that she was already trying to sit up.  Some babies don't start trying to do this until the next month or two.  She has been sitting up for the past few weeks.  Never for very long and she also can't get to the sitting up position on her own.  But she is making progress.  We practice a little every day and she loves to be sitting up.  Problem is that she starts to slouch over more and more as she gets tired and then ends up spitting up a little if you don't pick her up.  She could care less about the spit up of course! lol 
Kailyn only got one shot this visit and she was such a big girl about it!  The nurse stuck her and then started to inject the vaccine.  Kailyn was just starting to let out a little cry when the nurse said all done! She stuck a band aid on real fast and I picked her up and hugged her and that was it.  No more tears and she started her babbling again.  She is very talkative lately!
 Some new exciting news, we started trying some food!! We started a few days before she turned 5 months.  This is what we have tried up to today.  Bananas, Oatmeal, Applesauce, Cantaloupe, Peas and Avocado.  The cantaloupe we have only used in her net and she loves it! (you can see pics in her 4 month album)
We are waiting about 3 days in between each food.  So far she has had everything home made except the peas.  Those were Gerber organic peas.  For those of you that would like to make your own baby puree I have found this website to be very helpful. Whole some baby food  So far she loved the banana.  Unfortunately it also made her not poop for 3 days which freaked Mommy and Daddy out! For some reason after trying oatmeal (didn't care for it) we decided to try banana.  We had been use to her daily 3-4 times a day pooping. Now that we have introduced something other than BM that has definitely changed! The doctor said this was fine.  That unless she seems uncomfortable it is actually ok if she only goes every 3-5 days!  If she does seem uncomfortable we can always give her baby prunes or add an ounce of apple juice to a bottle of BM.  After not going for 3 days she finally went right before we were leaving for her Dr appointment.  We think she would have easily been over 16 pounds if it wasn't for this poop! lol  Chris described it as mud with algae on it! OMG! Definitely not what we are used to!  It's crazy how such a small amount of food can change her poop so much! ;-)~
So back to the food.  She also seemed to like the Avocado which is the newest food we just tried.  She was not a fan of the peas.  She also wasn't sure about the applesauce.  As of now we are only feeding her once a day.  Usually in the evening around 6pm.  I don't think we are going to start twice a day for another few weeks.  Her Dr said textbook says baby only needs breast or formula the first 6 months of life.  Since we started food at 5 months it's ok to just feed her some once a day.  Once she is 6 months we should start twice a day feedings and then move to 3x a day.  So for now it's just a little extra evening treat.  And Mommy is feeling a little better that she seems to like a few things already.  Now when we go to Puerto Rico next month she will be eating twice a day. This way it's more likely that I will have enough BM frozen for my Mom to give Kailyn, along with the food, while we are gone.  I am really not able to put a side much BM anymore to freeze.  She is eating as much as I'm producing now.  My little porker.
This past month Kailyn has also been so much more coordinated with her hands.  She grabs and holds everything now!  If you have a drink in your hand, she wants it! Now when we go out to eat, if she gets fussy and one of us has to hold her, its a lot hard to eat!  She wants to grab anything you have!  I said to Chris, what happened to our little baby who would just lay in our arms and stare?!?  She changes so much every day!  Getting stronger and smarter.  Her weird little noises she made are now turning into vowels and consonants.  She also is getting a little bored with some of her younger toys and wants to play with the bigger girl toys! ;-)  She loves to bang them so they make noise or light up.  Mommy has been shopping lately for some of these new bigger girl toys.  But I have also started putting things away as Christmas is right around the corner.  Which we are extremely excited for her 1st Christmas!
As we were leaving her Dr he said, see you in a month for her 6 month check up.  This totally blew me away!! 6 months?!?  Where is the time going?!?  And this is why every day I try to take in every little thing she does.  As I have learned all to well that they really do just grow up way too fast!!

Also wanted to say HAPPY 1ST B-DAY to Kailyn's little boyfriend Carson! I can hardly believe he is one already. :*)

***As usual you can check out the many pics Mommy has taken of Kailyn.  Click the 5 month album on my blog.  You can also view all her pics in her 4 month album too***

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Crib and First Vacation

I have been meaning to do a new post since our vacation last weekend but just haven't been able to find the time!  And now our baby girl is going to be 5 months old already tomorrow!  We go for her Dr appointment on Wednesday so I will update all her stats then.

Shortly after Kailyn turned 4 months old we decided it was time to try her out in her crib.  She had been sleeping in our room in her pack n play.  Of course I had a feeling this was going to be harder on Mommy than her, as many friends had told me.  And it was.  She did great!  First couple nights she woke up a little earlier than normal but by the end of the week she was perfectly fine in her crib.  And Mommy was doing much better too. ;o)  Our video monitor has been GREAT with this new sleeping arrangement and I am not sure I could have adjusted so well without it.  The first few night's I fell asleep staring at her sleeping.  She makes a lot of noises while sleeping and if it wasn't for the video monitor I would have been up and checking on her way too many times.  And probably waking her up in the process.  I am very thankful for our friends that recommended this monitor to us.  You can actually see her better on the monitor (it has night vision) than you can when you walk in to check on her in the dark.

We also went on our first vacation as a family of three last weekend!  We went to stay at Hawks Cay resort in the Keys.  They were having "Heros" special for all Firefighters, Police, Military and Nurses.  The rooms that are normally very expensive were a deal we couldn't pass up.  So we went and stayed Friday and Saturday night.  We met our friends Wes and Jamie and also my little BIL & SIL there.  It was a short vacation that ended WAY to soon!  I'll admit, I was a bit nervous about taking Kailyn with us for her first vacation and also first time sleeping away from home.  I had even tried getting my Mom to come to help out! lol  I know, I know.  But Kailyn did GREAT!! She was soooooo good! Daddy kept saying how proud of her he was.  She of course loved spending the day by the pool. She is already turning into such a water baby.
Can't get enough!
She took a few little naps under the umbrella by the pool.  Click here  to see all the pics from our trip.
Some new things this past month.
She has started holding her own bottle.
She is now a pro at rolling over both tummy to back and back to tummy.  Put her on her back and she rolls right on over!
She is starting to sit up a little better every day.  Still not on her own, but one day soon.
She loves her jumper now and can actually bounce herself up and down. 
She also loves her new exersaucer passed down to her from cousins Cody and Hayden.
She loves standing on the counter in our bathroom with Daddy talking to herself in our big mirrors and trying to walk on the counter.  This has become a nightly routine before bath.  As soon as you bring her in there she starts shrieking and babbling away.
We started using her food nets this month.  We have put cantaloupe, banana, honey dew and ice in it.  She loves it all.  I think she also just really likes it on her gums.  They have really been bothering her lately.  We figure she will have a third tooth before we know it!
We have also started putting her in the highchair when we go out to ear.  At first I think she was still too small and not able to sit up well enough.  Each week, though, she is getting better and better.  Just this morning when we went to breakfast she did great in it.
We still go for our evening walks.  She loves our walks and I am not sure what we will do in a few weeks when the time changes.  Mommy will just have to try and be ready to take our walk a little earlier.  Maybe before dinner.  7pm will definitely be too dark very soon.
We just finished our first free 6 weeks of class at Nova.  Kailyn really loves class and even smiles now when we walk in the door.  She remembers things now and even some of the songs.  Chris made me sing one of the songs to her that we learned our first class. (Everybody knows I love my toes) We learn a new song each week. Anyways as soon as I start singing this song she gets a big smile on her face because she remembers it.  She also I think is starting to know her name.  She is definitely at that age now where she is remembering things and especially people.  Next week starts the remaining 6 weeks of class which we signed up for.  We had to pay for these but it is well worth it as Kailyn really enjoys class.
This past month we were able to meet up with my BF Dana and her two girls who came down to visit.  I only wish Dana lived closer so the girls could play together more.  We also went to dinner with Aunt Olivia and Kelly for Kelly's 30th B-day.  Just us girls.  Kailyn had so much fun spending time with her Auntie Liv.
This past month we also thought Kailyn was catching her first cold. :-(  She was horribly congested.  We got out her humidifier.  Saline spray and her nose sucker had become our new best friend!  Poor baby would wake up from being SO congested! After a few days of this, however, we began to questions her runny nose.  She was acting fine.  No fever or pulling at her ears in pain.  A few friends had said their babies suffered runny noses while teething before their top teeth came in.  Her snot was always clear and we realized this new congestion may just be related to her teeth.  She is constantly putting things in her mouth to bite on.  Some days she is fine and others you can tell her gums are REALLY bothering her.  It's funny because her first three months Mylicon was our best friend.  Now teething tablets are!  A few friends recommended the Hylands Homeopathic teething tablets and they are great!  We prefer to use these but sometimes she has a really bad day so we will give her a little Tylenol which turns her into a new baby.  I feel so bad sometimes.  They say teething can be really painful for them at times.  All my friends had told me how teething is NO fun.  Well as usual they were right!  But it's part of growing up and something we don't want to miss out on as horrible as it is at times.  Things just pass by too quickly not to enjoy each moment. 
That is all I can remember for now.  I am sure there is so much more, as every day with her something new and amazing happens!  I just can't even believe she will be 5 months old tomorrow!! She is at such a fun age right now as my Mom always says.  She does something new every day that will have Mommy and Daddy smiling and laughing.  I never knew the love of a daughter could be so strong before I had her.  It really does make you appreciate your own mother so much more....♥
**You can click on Kailyn's 4 month album on the left side of blog to see all the many, many pics Mommy has taken of Kailyn this month**